To be inducted into the National Honor Society (NHS), students must excel in various ways. When students become juniors in high school, if their academic grade point average is high enough, they become eligible for application into NHS. Grades alone, however, are not enough to gain membership. Students must also demonstrate excellence in the four pillars of the National Honor Society.


When a high school student enters into his junior year of high school, his grade point average (GPA) will determine if he is eligible for membership into the National Honor Society. To be considered, a student must have an 85 percent average. In many schools, the GPA must be 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; however, schools can raise the required average. Once elected, the student can not fall below that average. If he does, he can be removed from the organization.


Leadership is another pillar of the National Honor Society. Students should demonstrate leadership within the school community. Because NHS students become leaders within the school, they should showcase the ability to solve problems and act as role models for their peers. Positions within other organizations -- such as student government, peer leadership and sports teams -- provide students with opportunities to assume leadership roles. Students should also support and participate in school activities according to the guidelines of NHS.


Another pillar of National Honor Society is character, as students must be held to a higher standard of conduct. Students must conduct themselves in a respectful manner. Students should have no blemishes on their discipline records, and the faculty must consider them upstanding citizens. Teachers and other references are asked to rate students on a scale from one to four, with four being the highest score. A student with exemplary character makes decisions based on the rules of moral conduct.


The final pillar of the National Honor Society is service. Students must offer their time to the school or local community without any form of compensation. During their time in high school, eligible students should be able to show volunteer work or community service. Students should document these experience for the induction process. Once NHS members, students must continue their commitment to service by volunteering their time at school events and other community activities.